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UPDATED September 29, 2017

Nichibei Kaiwa Gakuin
Japanese Language Institute (JLI)

50 Years of Actual Results

Founded in 1967 by the nonprofit International Education Center, JLI has attracted more than 9,000 students from over 90 countries. The features of JLI are: 1) stressing Japanese conversation skills with practical application for business and daily situations; 2) utilizing user-friendly original textbooks written in both Japanese and English (Basic to Upper-Intermediate); 3) learning Japanese via TV news and dailies, honing writing and presentation skills (Intermediate to Advanced); 4) targeting business-people, job seekers, families of expats, spouses of Japanese, and other adult learners. JLI is conveniently located in the center of Tokyo, a five-minute walk from Yotsuya Station.

Try-out Lesson: You may come and observe the class of your choice for Regular as well as Part-time Programs before you sign up.

- Regular Program (Daytime Intensive): Monday through Friday, 9:00 - 12:20*Visa sponsorship available
- Part-time Program: 1-2 days/week, open for Early Mornings, Mornings, Afternoons, Evenings and Saturdays
- Private lesson: On an as-needed basis

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1-50 Yotsuya, Shinjuku, Tokyo

SAMU Language School

Reach your full potential!

SAMU Language School was founded in 1986 to cultivate international students who are interested in learning Japanese language and culture. Since the founding of the school, SAMU Language School has produced thousands of graduating students. The school provides excellent Japanese language curricula with opportunities to learn about Japanese culture and history. Academics and general guidance and support for higher education are available to help students be at ease while studying. Students from all over the world come to SAMU Language School to learn practical "living" Japanese and work toward their dreams and goals.

Individual Application: Screening Fee & Entrance Fee Discount

Long Term Course (1.3~2 years)
Short Term Course (1~3 months) : Spring / Summer / Autumn / Winter course
Special Course

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2-1-6 Hyakunin-cho Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 169-0073

Tokyo Central Japanese Language School (TCJ)

Realizing your dreams with Japanese! For your future career all the support you'll need is here.

Established in 1988, Tokyo Central Japanese Language School (TCJ) has been engaged in "cross-cultural communication" through Japanese-language education. Students will get to study in the same building as Japanese students who are studying to become Japanese teachers. It's a great environment for those learning Japanese! We are conveniently located near Shinjuku and Akihabara stations. You can choose from several courses and curricula are designed to match a variety of needs. Get in touch to arrange a trial lesson and take a test to check your level — both are absolutely free!

Student visa application is available for the term of April 2017.

- International Student Course (over 1 year)
- Short-Term International Course (3 months)
- Daily Course (Minimum 4 weeks)
- Summer Course
- Goal-Oriented Courses (Business Japanese Course, JLPT Special Prep Course, Private Lessons)

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4F, 5F, 6F Toshin Shinanomachi-Ekimae Bldg., 34, Shinanomachi, Shinjuku-ku Tokyo 160-0016
(81) 3-3354-5001

KAI Japanese Language School

KAI makes you improve real communication

Founded in 1987, KAI Japanese Language School is a reputable Japanese language school in Tokyo certified by the IALC (International Association of Language Centres). Since our foundation, we've attracted students from about 40 countries, who use Japanese as the common language of communication both in and out of the classroom. At KAI, students live Japanese! Our two main programs cover most people. First, the General Course, targets students aiming to master Japanese, while the Practical Conversation Course is a conversation program on a shorter-term basis. In addition, we offer summer courses, 50+ course and private lessons for both individuals and corporates.

Free classroom observation, level check test and counseling.

- General Course (intensive & communication oriented)
- Practical Conversation Course (flexible & conversation focused)
- Summer courses (Grammar & Conversation and JLPT)
- 50+ Course (language & culture for senior learners)
- Private Lessons (for both individual & corporate clients)

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Miyuki Bldg., 1-15-18, Okubo, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 169-0072

Seigan Japanese Language School

Seigan gives you practical Japanese

Our school was established with the theme, "Challenge practical Japanese!" At present, students from over 20 countries, mainly those from non-kanji countries, are studying Japanese. You thoroughly study the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing in a small-sized class.
We offer cultural lessons including "tea ceremony, wearing yukata and calligraphy lessons." We also go on field trips to deeply understand Japan.
You have many opportunities to learn practical Japanese such as interacting with "Jamboree," an international exchange circle in Osaka City University.
We have many events such as barbeques.
We do our best to make your life in Japan meaningful.

Student visa application is available for the course starting in April 2018

- Long-term course (6 months ~)

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3-2-9, Nagai, Sumiyoshi-ku, Osaka, 558-0003, Japan

Academy of Language Arts, Tokyo


Founded in 1984, Academy of Language Arts (ALA) is located in the heart of Tokyo and renowned for its history. Enhancing learners' conversation skills has been our main educational objective since our foundation. In our general conversation course, learners study in a relaxed multinational environment. ALA is a highly reputable language institute that specializes in business Japanese training, develops and conducts the TCCB (Test of Communication Competence in Business). We offer a multitude of programs to meet your goals. Hone your business Japanese skills with our private and company lessons. Whatever your language goals may be, ALA will help you reach them!

Student visa application is available for the course starting in April 2018

- Short-term conversation course (Intensive / part-time)
- Student visa acquirable course (Intensive / 6 months ~)
- Private lessons/In-company lessons (General / Business)
- Test of Communication Competence in Business (TCCB)
- 外国人社員育成コース

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No.2 Tobundo Bldg., 2-16, Ageba-cho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 162-0824

Coto Language Academy

Fun and Effective Conversational Japanese Lessons

Are you ready to enjoy studying Japanese? Coto Language Academy is the perfect place to up your conversational skills! Located in the heart of Tokyo with fun learning as a motto, Coto offers small classes to all levels, flexible schedules and 3 types of courses: Intensive, Part-Time and Private. Catering to our students that are usually English speaking and either long-term residents or short-term visitors, we use original materials to teach real life practical Japanese. Our professional English-speaking staff coupled with our friendly school atmosphere will ensure that you get the most out of your learning experience!

Free level check and counseling offered.

- Intensive Course - conversational level Japanese in just four weeks
- Nihongo Plus! - pick and choose the best lessons for you
- JLPT Course - master the JLPT with our prep course
- Private Lessons - one on one direct instruction with our qualified teachers
- Dispatch Lessons - one on one instruction at home or the office

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1F/3F Iidabashi building, 4-9-4 Iidabashi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-0072

Shinjuku Japanese Language Institute (SNG)

Visualize your Japanese

Founded in 1975, Shinjuku Japanese Language Institute (SNG) has more than 40 years in Japanese language education. From its start, SNG has strived to perfect its visual learning Japanese methods with cards of various colors and shapes. In light of this tradition, at SNG you may also now enjoy its new online cantents, the VLJ, with extensive grammar exercises, self-quizzes, vocabulary and practical grammar explanations by the method`s founder. Why not come and visualize your Japanese at SNG? You can download free sample applications via your smartphone!

Our students receive discount school cards and discounted commuter passes

- Intensive Weekday Courses
- Business Japanese Course
- Tourism Business Japanese Course
- Short Courses (Summer,etc.)
- Off-campus Cooperate Business Japanese Training, and others.

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2-9-7 Takadanobaba, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 169-0075

The Japan Times recently heard from some students on what
influenced their school choices based on the following questions:

The Japan Times recently heard from some students on what influenced their school choices based on the following questions:
Q1: Why did you choose the school you are attending now?
Q2: What is your impression of the school?
Q3: What is your goal after attaining Japanese proficiency?

Nichibei Kaiwa Gakuin, Japanese Language Institute (JLI)

Nichibei Kaiwa Gakuin, Japanese Language Institute (JLI)
Koo Seung mo
(South Korea)

A1: I work at an electronics company as a purchaser. I often work with many Japanese companies, so I need Japanese speaking skills. That is the reason why I am studying in Japan. I asked people who studied in Japan, and they introduced me to Nichibei Kaiwa Gakuin (JLI). They told me that the school has a good curriculum and good teachers, so I decided to study here.

A2: I started studying Japanese at Nichibei from March. I was surprised, because the business language courses and teachers were even better than I had heard. They did their best to improve my Japanese skill, and my ability is improving day by day. I am satisfied with their help, and am doing my best to improve my Japanese skills even further at Nichibei.

A3: I will return to my country next March, and will do a lot of work with Japanese partner companies. I think studying here at Nichibei will be very helpful for me and my career.

Coto Language Academy

Coto Japanese Language Academy
Joshua Gitter

A1: I chose this school based on the reputation and reviews on Google and Facebook by other students. I also wanted to find a school where I could improve my Japanese over the summer. The school website provided a clear and comprehensive program explanation that I was interested in. After my initial visit, I took strong interest in the intensive courses and Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) N2 preparation courses.

A2: Coto is an excellent school, as the teachers are well trained and professional. The staff is constantly improving the school based on student feedback. I feel the teachers and staff are doing their best to provide the best classroom experience for all students.

A3: I want to pass JLPT N2, and go on to study Japanese in more depth. Afterward, I want to find more interesting work in Japan using my language skills attained at Coto. I also want to communicate more fluently with my Japanese wife and her family, since many of them cannot speak English.

KAI Japanese Language School

KAI Japanese Language School
Alexander Steullet

A1: The excellent reputation of KAI's teachers, in-house curriculum and holistic approach to language learning are what attracted me to KAI. For me, passing language exams isn't as important as being able to understand and use natural Japanese. KAI was the only school I could find that used modern technology and learning methods to effectively achieve my goals.

A2: The first thing that I found remarkable about KAI was the speed at which I was able to make progress. Shortly after having started lessons, I was able to make Japanese friends, order food, shop; basically live independently in Japan. In addition, teachers have been extremely friendly, always available to answer any questions I had, give constructive feedback and support my learning.

A3: I aspire to find work in Japan, as well as to become able to read Japanese novels, effortlessly understand Japanese television and hold natural conversations with my friends. In other words, my hope is to become an active member of Japanese society.

Seigan Japanese Language School

Seigan Japanese Language School
Silvia Giambra

A1: I really liked Osaka the first time I visited it, so I wanted to come back here. It also offered affordable accommodation close to the school. Seigan had staff that could speak Spanish (my second language), so calling and writing emails was a lot easier.

A2: Each class has a limited number of students, so there is room for questions, the staff is helpful and it feels like a second home. It is also very good for people who come from non-kanji countries. The teachers always try their best to make themselves clear when we hit a difficult point.

A3: I would like to stay in Japan in the future, so I plan to find a job related to my field of study where I can put my skills to use. Thanks to Seigan, I was able to apply for an internship that I hope will lead to a job after.

Academy of Language Arts, Tokyo

Academy of Language Arts, Tokyo
Boni Butir

A1: There were a few important criteria while searching for schools online. First of all, reviews and testimonials from students who studied there were important to me, as I wanted to be sure that the school's teaching system was not a disappointment and that teachers were professional at what they do. The second important factor was a reasonable school fee. And last but not least, that the school provides a lot of different information on their website, has good English support, provides good student support in terms of part-time and full-time jobs and offers fast and efficient email support.

A2: The school is located near Iidabashi Station in Shinjuku, which is a public transport hub, so it's really convenient to get to, even if you live outside central Tokyo. The administration staff are all kind and welcoming and provide good English support. The teachers are really professional at teaching and explaining things, and they truly care about students' advancement.

A3: My goal is to find a job in a Japanese cosmetics company.

Shinjuku Japanese Language Institute

Shinjuku Japanese Language Institute
Nicolas Soquette

A1: There were several points that helped me make my decision. The website was clear, complete and made me feel they were serious about teaching. Also, I received fast and precise answers to my questions from the school. And finally, the school had good ratings on learning Japanese in Japan forums on the web.

A2: As soon as you start at this school, friendly staff that you feel you can rely on is ready to help you. My impression was quite the same with teachers. You feel that they know where they are going, and where they want you to go. So even if you sometimes ask yourself "Why am I studying this?" just have faith in the method and follow their lead. They can't study for you, but they can give you the proper tools for you to do it and grow fast.

A3: My goal is to work between Belgium or Europe and Japan in a cultural and artistic market.

Samu Language School

Samu Language School
Andrea Pugliese

A1: I visited two Japanese schools when I came to Japan last year. After visiting the schools, I felt more comfortable with Samu, because the staff was very polite. When I contacted the staff via email from London, they answered all my questions. Another reason why I chose this school was because Samu is a big school and has many students.

A2: My impression of the school did not change very much after entering it. I met other international students and felt the school's diversity. I enjoyed activities outside the class such as ikebana. I am glad that I could experience Japanese culture.

A3: I want to live in Japan in the future. If possible, I would like to get a job in music. I've been studying composition since I was in London. I would like to try entering Geidai (Tokyo University of the Arts) or a music college. I also have a chance to join a Japanese band. I think Japan offers more opportunities because the animation and video game music industries are very big.

Tokyo Central Japanese Language School (TCJ)

Tokyo Central Japanese Language School (TCJ)
didkivska Alona

A1: I have always been interested in foreign languages that have kanji. I was particularly fascinated by the Japanese language because I liked Japanese culture and pronunciation compared to other languages. Additionally, I was also interested in its history, literature (such as that of Haruki Murakami) and the tea ceremony. When looking for language schools, I got a good impression from TCJ's website. That made me feel I could study Japanese with enthusiasm.

A2: Since I started studying at TCJ, I have had a lot of opportunities to communicate with various people. Many of them are intelligent and I really appreciate their kindness in teaching me Japanese. Therefore, I really enjoy studying Japanese in such an environment. All of the faculty are supportive in improving my Japanese.

A3: I will return to the Ukraine once I graduate from TCJ. Then, I would like to find a job where I can use my Japanese. Even if I could not find such a job in Ukraine, there would be opportunities in other countries. In any case, I would love to work using my Japanese skills.